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Yom HaShoah – We Remember

This week, we commemorated Yom HaShoah and remember the victims of the Holocaust. Every day the education team at the Sydney Jewish Museum facilitates conversations between Holocaust survivors and school …

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Toilet humour

Hitler’s black ‘toothbrush’ moustache is an easily identifiable feature of this dictator’s face. Numerous cartoonists satirise his distinctive features. David Low, a prominent New Zealand political cartoonist and caricaturist living …

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Survivor Portraits – Egon Sonnenschein

This month we introduce Egon Sonnenschein. Egon was born in 1930 in Ptuj, Yugoslavia. Egon came of age as a fugitive. The softly spoken individual was a child of 10 …

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Judaica with an Australian twist is rare to come by

Judaica with an Australian twist is rare to come by. With Pesach around the corner, the Sydney Jewish Museum is excited to have acquired a rare and possibly unique item …

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Ruby Rich, a pioneering Jewish feminist

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are celebrating a Jewish feminist who was active decades before Australia’s Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Ruby Rich came from a …

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Survivor Portraits – Helena (Lena) Goldstein

This month we introduce Helena (Lena) Goldstein. Lena was born in 1919 in Lublin, Poland. She was moved to the Warsaw ghetto, from which she eventually escaped. Lena was recruited …

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The modern day Haman and an ironic remnant

Visitors to the Museum may notice a damaged scroll in a cabinet next to our Kristallnacht display. What might the relationship be between the destruction of Jewish homes and property …

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“Man’s desire for peace lies behind this Declaration.”

“Man’s desire for peace lies behind this Declaration. The realisation that the flagrant violation of human rights by Nazi and Fascist countries sowed the seeds of the last world war …

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Survivor Portraits – George Grojnowski

This month, we introduce Holocaust survivor George Grojnowski. George was born in Radziejow, Poland, in 1927, and was incarcerated in Radziejow Ghetto, Czestochowa Ghetto, Rakow Labour Camp and Buchenwald during …

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A Tribute to Mala Sonnabend

This weekend we commemorate the UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Liberation of Auschwitz. To remember Holocaust survivor Mala Sonnabend, who was liberated from Auschwitz II-Birkenau and recently passed …

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Material evidence

Last month, Dr Sofia Pantouvaki, Professor of Costume Design, Aalto University, Helsinki visited the Sydney Jewish Museum. She met with survivors and viewed our collection of concentration camp garments. Her …

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Survivor Portraits – Paul (Pavel) Drexler

At the beginning of every month we introduce to you one of the Museum’s treasured Holocaust survivors’ stories. This month, we are featuring Paul Drexler. Born in 1938 in Spacince, …

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The sinister banknote

Education Officer and Currency Aficionado, Simon Holloway, lets you in on some facts about one of the world’s lesser known, and incredibly short-lived, currencies. Focusing on the currency issued by …

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Tracing the roots of Greek Jewry

Our current Temporary Exhibition, The Jews of Greece, tells the rich and little-known story of Greek Jewry through photography and documentary film. Here is a little bit of background reading …

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“…no trace of Rudi”

Every object tells a different story. Recently the Museum accessioned a diary which was penned by Holocaust survivor Elisabeth Epstein (nee Steiner). Those who knew her best, referred to her …

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Survivor Portraits – Jacqueline Dale (nee Feldman)

At the beginning of every month we will be featuring a treasured Holocaust survivors’ story. This month, we introduce Jacqueline Dale (nee Feldman). Born in 1931 in Paris, Jacqueline was …

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